Andrew Pasternak
Andrew Pasternak

Originally from Baltimore, MD, I graduated from Georgetown University in 2009 with a BA in History and a minor in Government. I recently returned from living in London, United Kingdom, having completed my MA in Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University. While maintaining a deep interest in domestic politics, my main areas of focus are defense, intelligence, and foreign policy.

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March 12, 2013

Falkland Islands Want to Stay British

Over 99% of eligible residents of the Falkland Islands voted to stay an Overseas Territory of the UK. It's time that Argentina listen, and give up its claim to the islands.

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March 8, 2013

North Korean Nuclear Test: Is Kim Jong-Un the World's Biggest Geopolitical Troll?

North Korea's rash actions and absurd posturing may just be its need to feel important on the world stage.
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Feb. 12, 2013

North Korea Nuclear Test: 3 Crucial Questions Are Answered

Was the test a success? Did it use plutonium or uranium? And how will China react?
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Jan. 7, 2013

Syria Civil War: Why Syria Will Be a Top Security Concern in 2013

The continuing bloodshed, potential use of chemical weapons, and concerns about terrorist groups will keep Syria at the top of international security discussions in 2013.
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Nov. 12, 2012

Petraeus Affair: Paula Broadwell Did Not Do Anything Illegal, But Petraeus Was Right to Resign

While Petraeus' affair could be morally questionable, he and Paula Broadwell didn't break the law. That's why they weren't charged.
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Oct. 22, 2012

Foreign Policy Debate: 6 Things To Watch For In Last Presidential Debate

With the foreign policy debate tonight being relevant for the first time in who knows how long, it's worth looking at several issues and whether or not either candidate has an advantage.

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Sept. 19, 2012

Senkaku Islands Dispute: Why Protests in China Prove the Country is a Powder Keg Ready to Explode

The current tensions over the Senkaku Islands highlights a potential worry that in the future, China may not so easily be able to tame the public rancor.
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Sept. 13, 2012

Chris Stevens Death Should Prompt America to Beef Up Security at US Embassies

The protests that left the US ambassador to Libya dead will inevitably lead to questions about security/policy. Here are three thoughts that represent an inital reaction to the damage done.
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Aug. 26, 2012

SpaceX is a Good Start: Neil Armstrong Dies, Giving Americans a Chance to Think Big Again

With the passing of one of America's greatest, it's time we thought about putting aside out petty politics and start thinking bigger on occasion.
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July 24, 2012

Syrian Revolution: Assad and Syria Walking Fine Line With Chemical Weapons

Syria recently said it would only use its chemical weapons on "external aggressors," but what if the term includes rebel forces?
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June 18, 2012

Egypt Election Results: Guns Still Hold the Keys to Revolutions

The events in Egypt prove once again that those who hold the guns hold the power.

May 22, 2012

SpaceX's Successful Launch a Triumph for Private Industry and NASA

SpaceX's launch should be celebrated not as a triumph of free markets, but what private industry and government can accomplish when working together.
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May 9, 2012

3 Huge Lessons From the Underwear Bomber Plot 2.0

While details are still vague about this operation, the importance of human assets and information sharing should be glaringly obvious to everyone.
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April 24, 2012

Do We Really Need Another CIA?

With the announced creation of the Defense Clandestine Service, a new debate will begin on whether the Defense Intelligence Agency is becoming too much like the CIA.
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April 18, 2012

North Korea Under Kim Jong Un Has Not Changed One Bit

While the recent U.S. food-nuclear deal may have fallen through, the U.S. has been able to glean a great deal about the new North Korean regime.
March 22, 2012

Buy a Ford, It's the Best Car For Millennials

The Top 5 cars our generation should consider buying.

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March 12, 2012

Ending the Assad Regime in Syria May Require Arming the Opposition

Bashar al-Assad remains firmly in control of Syria, and if the opposition is to succeed, the West and her Allies may need to start providing arms.
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March 6, 2012

Ron Paul and Mitt Romney Battle it Out As the Only Candidates in Boring Virginia Super Tuesday Vote

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum could have picked up a lot of delegates in Virginia were they on the ballot.
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Feb. 1, 2012

U.S. Must Wait To Decrease Dependence on Fossil Fuels, Green Energy Will Take Time

Green energy is not yet ready to become the primary source of electricity within the U.S. Until that day arrives, we need to accept the continued use of fossil fuels.
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Jan. 27, 2012

U.S. Mounts Campaign to Curb China's Growing Military Influence

The nations along China's borders are turning to the U.S. as a military partner to help limit Chinese military influence.